Bonnie Andrews, a widow with three children, has spent the last two years grieving the loss of her husband. To lessen her pain, she turned to drinking and as a result neglected her children, her ranch, and slowly sunk into a pit of self hate. Zack, her eldest son, is also grieving the loss of his father and hating his mother’s addiction, and becomes a rebellious, angry boy. This family is on the brink of destruction.
Travis Whitworth is the new preacher in town. His heart longs to do God’s work and pastor his flock faithfully. He determines to help this family by befriending Zack and hopefully curb his rebellious ways. As he works to guide his new congregation and deal with the rude, obnoxious teenager, Travis is plagued by his failures in his previous church. Yet, a lightning storm and a murder bring truth and healing to this troubled family, in a unique manner, that proves true the Scripture verse, “And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good” (Rom. 8:28).
Although this story takes place in 1898, the issues it deals with are very present today. The ugliness of sins such as gossip, slander, murder, and hypocrisy are presented against the hope offered through redemption. The love story between Travis and Bonnie is lovely, but more moving is the deep love and friendship the reader sees develop between Zack and Travis. This friendship becomes a beautiful illustration of unconditional abiding love. – Vasthi Acosta, Christian Book Previews.com
Bonnie Kahler, immersed in grief since losing her husband, attempts to rise from the ashes of mourning. Will love and faith give her the power to conquer the demons within and evils without? In an attempt to outrun his past, Preacher Travis Whitworth arrives in Kahlerville, incognito. When he stumbles across a dead body, suspicion falls on his shoulders.
Is Travis in too deep to win Bonnie's love? As Bonnie finds herself drawn to Travis, her life and heart are threatened. When secrets unravel, will she be strong enough to face the twisted truth?